Habersham Central at North Forsyth
When, where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at Raider Valley in Cole Mountain.
Records, rankings: Habersham is 1-7, 1-6 in Region 6-AAAAAA and unranked; North is 1-7, 1-6 and unranked.
Series history: Habersham leads 1-0.
Last meeting: Habersham won 32-7 in 2014.
What to know: Habersham played a bit of the role spoiler last week by holding Johns Creek in check in a 21-6 victory at home. It was overwhelmingly the best defensive performance for Habersham, which was surrendering over 40 points per game heading into the contest.
On the flipside, Friday is North’s most realistic shot to eclipse last season’s win total, with Alpharetta coming to Coal Mountain for the season finale. The first order of business for North will be slowing Habersham running back Michael Babers. The junior has exactly 1,000 yards on the season on 165 carries (6.1 yards per carry) and has scored 12 touchdowns.
Senior receiver Mason Kinsey is also a threat for Habersham. Kinsey has 45 grabs on the year, 25 better than the next closest receiver on the team, for 554 yards and four scores. Habersham rotates sophomore quarterback Bryce Tanner and Cole Wilbanks—Wilbanks, averaging 128 yards per game through the air, along with eight touchdowns, is the more productive option.
North is coming off a 39-point losing effort. Jacob Bailey had one of his better games, completing nine of 13 passes for 190 yards—his highest yardage total of the season. Simon Holcomb leads the team on the ground with 566, followed by Dwyer’s 454.